James Dibben —  November 20, 2012
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Revelation 12:11

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony

Last Sunday, in our our Men’s Sunday School class, one of the men shared his testimony.

He shared how he got saved while in an addiction rehabilitation center.

The room was completely silent for three-to-four minutes while he shared. It was beautiful. You could hear sniffles coming from several seats in the room.

Nothing that can be said from any Sunday School stand or a sanctuary pulpit can even compare to what he shared with our small class. Nothing can beat the story of someone walking out of the darkness and into the light. That is the entire reason Christ made his trip to this earth. Christ came to meet our greatest need: rescue from total destruction.

Use your imagination with me for a few minutes as I paint a possible scene in heaven during this man’s testimony last Sunday morning.

The crowd is like nothing I have ever seen. I’ve been to an NFL football game. I’ve attended a Promise Keepers seminar. This crowd of people is beyond explanation. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children seem to be facing the same general direction. From this distance I can’t quite make out what is at the front of the crowd, but every few minutes a hush flows over everyone. Those of us at the back only become quiet because everyone else in front of us is doing so.

The area we are standing in doesn’t get completely quiet though. There is a slight hum coming from where everyone is facing. The hum is rhythmic but I am unable to make out what it is. After several minutes the entire crowd breaks out into song and dance. The sound is deafening as millions of people leap to their feet in celebration. After a dozen or so of these events I decide to work my way to the front of the crowd so I can see what all the excitement and commotion is about.

It takes several days to get close enough to understand what is happening. As I break out into the front of the crowd I am overwhelmed by what is in front of me.

An angel standing a few feet to the left of the throne of God motions to the crowd. The palms of his hands are facing down and he is moving his arms up and down in unison. His wings quickly synchronize with his arms and he slowly rises about ten feet from the ground. As the crowd gets quiet the rhythmic humming coming from the front are the four creatures at the great throne.

Revelation 4:8

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

Suddenly the ground below us becomes clear and we can see a small Sunday School class with about eight men. In the corner sits a man. He squirms in his seat. The crowd around me starts to smile. Apparently they have seen many scenes like this one before. I nudge the women next to me. She places her finger in front of her lips and motions me to remain quiet. She points to the man in the corner of the room. I realize he is feeling the desire to share his salvation story but is nervous. Finally, he takes command of the room. The four creatures lower their volume just enough to allow us to hear. Everyone around me leans in to every word coming from the room below us.

The very instant the testimony comes to an end the angel slams himself to the ground causing an ear deafening clap of thunder. A wave of excitement and cheer erupts over the crowd. Children join hands and dance in circles singing praises. Men and women shout proclamations of God’s grace and mercy. I turn and face the immense crowd of millions behind me, and I watch the wave of worship rush completely out of sight.

I turn back to the throne and wait in anticipation for the next testimonial.

James Dibben

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James is absolutely passionate about men's ministry. It is his belief than every man has been ordained by God to achieve great things for the kingdom of heaven.

3 responses to Overcome!

  1. This is a fun post. I love thinking about what it might be like in heaven! Our testimonies are powerful evidence of the redemptive power of Christ at work in our lives!